LP0355. GOODTIME CHARLIE, Original 1975 Broadway Cast, Joel Grey, Ann Reinking, Louis Zorich, Richard B. Shull, Jay Garner, Grace Keagy. RCA stereo ARL1-1011, still in shrinkwrap.
“The show was originally announced under the title CHARLEY AND JOAN, with Al Pacino and Barbara Harris as the intended leads. It underwent extensive changes throughout its development stage, especially when Joel Grey expressed interest in playing the lead. The script and score were rewritten significantly in order to tailor the piece to his personality and talents. The producers were so keen on casting Ann Reinking as Joan they put everything on hold while she recovered from a back injury she had sustained while performing in OVER HERE!. The delay would prove to be damaging, since Grey had been signed for the film BUFFALO BILL AND THE INDIANS and had limited time to commit to the stage project.
The musical opened on Broadway on 3 March, 1975 at the Palace Theatre, where it ran for only 104 performances and twelve previews, closing on 31 May when the producers were unable to find a name star to replace the departing Grey.”